The incidence of serotonin syndrome is increasing with the use of serotonergic drugs and specifically with polypharmacy (Fennel & Hussain, 2005). Pharmacological treatment of this syndrome is still not established. Removal of the offending agent and supportive care directed toward symptom management remain the primary treatment strategies. Nurses in particular play a crucial role in managing patients with serotonin syndrome. Nurses need to be knowledgeable about the pathophysiology, signs, and symptoms of serotonin syndrome, with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality, to be able to meet the needs of these patients.
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